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Police: Purse snatcher punches woman in face

Police: Purse snatcher punches woman in face

A woman was punched several times in the face by a woman who took her purse from her, according to a release from Madison police.

The 40-year-old victim told police she was walking along Northport Drive near Troy Drive Saturday night when she crossed paths with two other women. She said one of the women grabbed the strap of her purse.

The struggle for the purse ended when the robber began punching the woman in the face.

The victim told police the second woman was rooting the first woman on but didn?t get involved.

The robber is described as black, in her early to mid-20s, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 220 pounds with a heavy build and orange tinted hair worn in a bob style. She was wearing a white and pink top.

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Madison police chief, district officials to host community forums

The Madison Police Department has scheduled community forums to stay engaged with questions and concerns of residents, according to a release.

The sessions will be an opportunity to provide police officials and MPD Police Chief Mike Koval with direct feedback, officials said. There will also be a representative from the district to talk about specific neighborhood issues.

2 arrested in connection to gang-related incident on bus

2 arrested in connection to gang-related incident on bus

A man who allegedly pulled out a firearm during a gang-motivated fight on a Madison Metro bus was arrested Wednesday, according to a release.

Madison police said an investigation into the July 29 incident by the Crime Prevention and Gang Unit led to the arrest of two suspects.

The gun was drawn during a fight between four men, which was caught on surveillance video as the bus arrived at the North Transfer Point, according to the release.

CPGU members developed probable cause to arrest Leon MA Tunstall, 21, of Madison, and a 15-year-old Madison boy, whose name was not released.

Tunstall and the 15-year-old were found playing basketball at Warner Park just after 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, police said. Both were arrested after a short foot chase.

Annual safety demo event returns to Capitol Square

Annual safety demo event returns to Capitol Square

An annual event hosted by area public safety groups returns to downtown Madison this weekend.

Each year, Safety Saturday provides an opportunity to demonstrate safe behaviors and teach people how to live, work and play safely, according to a city notice.

The event runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday on the Capitol Square and includes interactive demonstrations for all ages, organizers said. 

Safety Saturday is a cooperative effort between the City of Madison Fire Department and more than 25 public and private organizations throughout Dane County, fire department spokeswoman Bernadette Galvez said.

The event educates people of all ages, teaching them how to make safe decisions, prevent injuries and use devices such as seat belts, bike helmets, AEDs, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

Police: Bone exposed after knife attack

Police: Bone exposed after knife attack

A 25-year-old Madison suffered knife injuries to his head and arm during a disturbance inside an apartment Thursday morning.

Police were called to the apartment in the 3800 block of Orin Road at 3:05 a.m. and found the victim with injuries, including a cut to his arm exposing bone.

Police said several men stay at the apartment and the victim wasn't fully cooperative with police.

The man was taken to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

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Robber takes cigarettes, money from gas station, officials say

Robber takes cigarettes, money from gas station, officials say

Madison police are looking for information about a robbery on Madison's north side early Sunday morning where the robber implied he had a gun.

The robber entered a PDQ gas station in the 1400 block of Northport Drive around 5:45 a.m. and asked for three packs of cigarettes, police said. The employee got the cigarettes and the robber implied he had a gun.

He demanded cash before fleeing on foot with a small amount of cash and the cigarettes, according to a police report.

The robber is described as a black man, 45-50 years old, weighing about 140 pounds and was last seen wearing a light gray sweatshirt and dark pants. Police said the robber also has a distinct walk.

Officials ask anyone with information on the robbery to call Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.

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Officers focus on 3 areas to enforce speed, red-light-turn laws

Officers focus on 3 areas to enforce speed, red-light-turn laws

Police said officers are focusing on three areas of Madison this week to reduce traffic violations.

The Madison Police Department's traffic enforcement safety team will enforce speed limits on the eastbound Beltline Highway on Madison's west side and on the north side on Wright Street, according to a statement released Tuesday.

Officers will also be enforcing restrictions on East Washington Avenue in areas where right turns at red lights are restricted.

The special enforcement team regularly conducts targeted patrols to promote compliance with traffic laws.